Moving with Pets

moving with petsPets are an important part of the family and deserve utmost care in every relocation. Moving can often be stressful on pets, which is why it’s essential to keep pets comfortable and stress free throughout the move and while settling into their new home. 
Atlas Transfer & Storage is committed to ensuring all pets are taken care of throughout the move. Our team has years of experience handling all types of moves, including those with all types of pets. Let our relocation specialists know about any pets involved in the move and we will provide the best resources possible to ensure your pets are moved safely. 
Contact Us to learn more about how Atlas Transfer & Storage can accommodate your pets during the move. 

Pet Relocation Tips

When you are relocating with pets, you want to ensure they are comfortable and safe. The following pet relocation tips can help make the transition easier for you and your pets.

5 Tips for Moving with Pets

  1. Bring the Boxes in Early: The ASPCA recommends bringing your moving boxes into your home early. By doing this, it will give your pets some time to become used to them.
  2. Organize Medical Records and Shots: When moving to a new location, you will likely change vets. Make sure to acquire a copy of your pet’s medical records before you move so you can give them to the new veterinarian. While you are picking up the medical records, make sure that your pet’s shots are up to date. As an animal owner, you need to make sure that your pet has current rabies tags on their collar, especially if you will be letting your dog out while traveling to your new location.
  3. Introduce Pets to the New Location Slowly: Once you arrive at your new home, introduce your pets to one room at a time. After they are comfortable with the first room, introduce them to the second room. Continue this process until they are comfortable with the entire house. This is one of the most important pet relocation tips. If you introduce the pets to the home too quickly, they might go into hiding, try to run away or destroy your household items.
  4. Find Pet Friendly Hotels: If you plan to stay in a hotel on the way to your new location, research accommodations before you leave. You will want to make sure that you locate pet friendly hotels. There may be additional pet fees that you will have to pay per pet.
  5. Consider a Pet Sitter: For some pets, it may be easier to find a family member, friend, or pet boarding facility to take care of your pet during the most crucial parts of the move. A pet sitter may help eliminate the stress of unfamiliar people in the home, open doors, unfamiliar surroundings, or too hot/cold temperatures. If your pet gets anxious or easily stressed, a pet sitter may be the best option to help your pet stay calm and then adjust to the new surroundings once things are more settled. 
These tips can help when relocating pets so you and your animals can start enjoying your new home together.

Tips for Traveling with Pets during the Move

Moving with Pets by Car

  1. Consider a Veterinary Exam: In the weeks before the move, schedule a checkup with your veterinarian to ensure your pet is in good health. Also, be sure to request copies of the vaccination records, health certificate (if needed), update identification tags, and discuss any precautionary measures such as anti-anxiety or tranquilizer medication for the trip.
  2. Adjust your Pet to the Car: If your pet is not familiar with car trips, slowly adjust them to the car by taking them on short trips in the weeks leading up to the move.
  3. Avoid overfeeding: It is recommended to avoid feeding pets for up to seven hours prior to the trip to ensure the pet’s stomach is settled. Pack extra water with a feeding bowl.
  4. Plan for Pet Friendly Stops: Stop regularly for bathroom breaks and ensure to consider pet-friendly locations whether it is a rest stop, restaurant or hotel. Avoid leaving your pet alone in the car.
  5. Keep Small Pets Comfortable: If the pet is traveling in a cage, ensure it is placed in a stable, well-ventilated are of the car. To keep a calm environment, consider covering the cage with a blanket or towel while the car is moving.

Moving with Pets by Airplane

If moving with pets by air, contact the airline well in advance to check regulations and services.
  1. Aim for Direct Flights: Consider direct flights to shorten the amount of time the pet will need to be confined to a crate. Also be sure to choose an air-transport kennel that's large enough for your pet to stretch as needed.
  2. Mark your Pet’s Travel Crate: Be sure to mark the crate with "Live Animal," your pet's name, your new address and phone number. Include any special instructions for handling your pet.
  3. Follow up with Flight Attendants: After boarding the plane, consider asking the flight attendant to confirm your pet has been boarded on the plane as well.
Moving with pets does not have to be a stressful experience. With the pet moving tips from Allied, you and your pet can enjoy a positive relocation experience, stress-free. The safety and health of your pet is most important during relocation. So, be sure that when moving with pets, these two aspects come first and foremost.

Additional Pet Moving Resources

The Independent Pet and Animal Transportation Assoc. Intl., Inc.
Pet Hotel and Travel
Pet Community
Note: The following links are not endorsed by or affiliated with Allied Van Lines or Atlas Transfer & Storage.

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